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Homeless and beggars will get to vote in southern India

Published: May 8, 2018

STORY: A social workers group, DAARI (Democratic Ambassador for All India Rural Integrity). in India’s southern Mangalore city appealed to the administration in the state to grant voting rights to all beggars and destitute homeless, in order to let them exercise their adult franchise in the upcoming state elections.

The appeal comes ahead of assembly elections in southern Karnataka state which are due this weekend on Saturday (May 12) and the results will be announced on next week on May 14.

The government is running a destitute home in which 22 people are granted voting rights after their credentials were verified, said Deputy Commissioner and District Electoral Officer, Sasikanth Senthil on Sunday (May 06).

Around five per cent of Karnataka population is involved in begging and a large fraction of them have not been enrolled as voters in the list by the Election Commission of India because of difficulty in verifying their Indian citizenship with over 300,000 illegal immigrants entering India every year.

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